Dr. Jo Clement is a writer, editor, and educator. Jo is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Northumbria University (Leverhulme 2021-2022). She is the Managing Editor and Creative Director of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine and edits the 'Wood Engraving and its Poem' section of Multiples, the journal of the Society of Wood Engravers.
In 2012 she received a New Writing North Award selected by Paul Farley. Her poems have been shortlisted for the Bridport, Melita Hume, and Troubadour International prizes. Jo holds a practice-led Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and was awarded an inaugural AHRC Northern Bridge scholarship.
The Traveller Road to Holy Island was commissioned for the 2019 Durham Book Festival. It led to Outlandish (New Writing North), a collaborative walking, writing, and drawing book co-authored with Damian Le Bas and illustrated by W. John Hewitt. Moveable Type (New Writing North) was published in 2020 with support from Arts Council England.
Her first book-length collection of poems, also called Outlandish, is published by Bloodaxe in May 2022.
2014 – 2019
Ph.D. in Creative Writing, Newcastle University. AHRC Northern Bridge Scholarship.
Thesis: ‘Moveable Type: How might a contemporary ekphrastic practice illuminate Traveller representations in Thomas Bewick’s tail-piece prints?’
Supervisors: Professor Bill Herbert and Professor Sean O’Brien.
Examiners: Professor Sinéad Morrissey and Dr Tony Williams.
Study period: archival and outreach internships with The Wordsworth Trust and Natural History Society of Northumbria.
2012 – 2013
MA, Creative Writing, Newcastle University. Distinction.
2004 – 2007
BA, English, Leeds University.
First Class Honours. Jack Higgins Prize for Outstanding Attainment.
Jo has over ten years’ experience working as a personal tutor, workshop leader, and facilitator.
Professional partnerships include refugee and asylum seeker support networks, state schools, universities, prisons, ESL summer schools, NHS prescribed mental health support routes, museums, and art galleries.
Jo has also worked with BBC Radio, EE Corporate Business, Saatchi and Saatchi, The Wordsworth Trust, The Natural History Society of Northumbria, and Newcastle University.
She is an active member of The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, Artists' Union England, UCU, and The Society of Authors. She is DBS check-ready.